exterior paint failures

Exterior Residential Paint Failures

What causes exterior residential paint failures?

The exterior of your home is exposed to sun, temperature changes, wind, and rain.  A good paint job should help protect the exterior of your home from the elements.  If the surface of your home is not properly prepared, a bad paint job can work with the elements to damage the exterior of your home.


Here are a few different types of exteriors and potential problems that can occur if the surface is not properly prepared:
  1. Wood – The exterior of your home may be constructed of either a natural wood, or a man-made wood product.  If your exterior wood surface is not properly prepared, it causes the wood to be exposed to moisture.  Moisture is one of the most popular causes of exterior paint failures.  Moisture can cause exterior paint to blister, crack, flake, and peel.  It can also cause mildew and exterior wood to warp.  Proper surface preparation helps to protect the exterior wood surface from the elements and helps the paint to properly adhere to the wood, giving your home a beautiful paint job!
  2. Masonry – An exterior masonry structure can be made of concrete, brick, or stucco.  All masonry must be clean and dry prior to painting.  As with many other substrates, water is a major cause of masonry paint failures.  When exposed to the elements, water can cause the paint to lift off the surface.  It is important to know the type of masonry surface, if the masonry surface has been properly aged prior to painting, and if any measures have been taken to protect the masonry surface from water.

If you have any questions about exterior residential painting, give HCG Contractor a call.  Our crew is always available to help!